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Tribal sovereignty and the historical imagination : Cheyenne-Arapaho politics /
Loretta Fowler.
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Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press, c2002.
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xxvii, 356 p. : ill., maps.
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0803220138 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press, c2002.
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0803220138 (cloth : alk. paper)
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4674431
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-01-01:
Virtually all scholars and social activists support the expansion of Native American sovereign rights, but few have studied the often-confusing effects of this process. Award-winning anthropologist Fowler (Univ. of Oklahoma) provides one of the few microcosmic investigations of this phenomenon, and she does so in a fair and balanced way. Three initial chapters survey the evolution of reservation life between 1869 and 1976, during which the Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho remained under the auspices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other federal agencies. Passage of the 1975 Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act promised a brighter future, whereby tribal members would exercise increased control over their own lives. Unfortunately, hopeful expectations gave way to a reality based on continued government authority and increased rank and file opposition to ever-changing tribal governments. In contrast to the factious relationship between Indian office-holders and the electorate, ceremonial relationships have continued in a traditional consensus-building style. While powwows and rituals remain positive experiences for all tribal members, votes on even minor political and economic issues stir passions and exacerbate dissension. Based on solid archival research and a decade of field research, this excellent book will find its primary audience among academicians. All levels and collections. M. L. Tate University of Nebraska at Omaha
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"Award-winning anthropologist Fowler (Univ. of Oklahoma) provides one of the few microcosmic investigations of this phenomenon, and she does so in a fair and balanced way. . . . Based on solid research and a decade of field research, this excellent book will find its primary audience among academicians."--Choice.
"Award-winning anthropologist Fowler (Univ. of Oklahoma) provides one of the few microcosmic investigations of this phenomenon, and she does so in a fair and balanced way. . . . Based on solid research and a decade of field research, this excellent book will find its primary audience among academicians."Choice
"Award-winning anthropologist Fowler (Univ. of Oklahoma) provides one of the few microcosmic investigations of this phenomenon, and she does so in a fair and balanced way. . . . Based on solid research and a decade of field research, this excellent book will find its primary audience among academicians." Choice
"Fowler offers an instructive view of modern Cheyenne-Arapaho political culture that helps readers understand both the historical and current efforts of Native American leaders to protect sovereignty and the ambivalence that such efforts have created among diverse tribal groups."--Paul Rosier,The Journal of American History.
"Fowler offers an instructive view of modern Cheyenne-Arapaho political culture that helps readers understand both the historical and current efforts of Native American leaders to protect sovereignty and the ambivalence that such efforts have created among diverse tribal groups."Paul Rosier,The Journal of American History
"Fowler offers an instructive view of modern Cheyenne-Arapaho political culture that helps readers understand both the historical and current efforts of Native American leaders to protect sovereignty and the ambivalence that such efforts have created among diverse tribal groups."Paul Rosier, The Journal of American History
"[Fowler''s] prodigious research and careful writing will require critics to engage [her] ideas directly. And so will scholars who now have before them a model ''tribal history.''"--Brian Hosmer,The Western Historical Quarterly.
"[Fowler''s] prodigious research and careful writing will require critics to engage [her] ideas directly. And so will scholars who now have before them a model ''tribal history.''"Brian Hosmer, The Western Historical Quarterly
"Fowler''s volume is clearly a work by a mature scholar who has raised issues of fundamental importance in the study of Native American political history. Her choice of tribal group enriches the literature, her data are detailed, and the analysis is properly placed within the holistic context of Cheyenne-Arapaho culture, historical past, and contemporary life."--Martha C. Knack,American Historical Review
"Fowler''s volume is clearly a work by a mature scholar who has raised issues of fundamental importance in the study of Native American political history. Her choice of tribal group enriches the literature, her data are detailed, and the analysis is properly placed within the holistic context of Cheyenne-Arapaho culture, historical past, and contemporary life."Martha C. Knack,American Historical Review
"Fowler''s volume is clearly a work by a mature scholar who has raised issues of fundamental importance in the study of Native American political history. Her choice of tribal group enriches the literature, her data are detailed, and the analysis is properly placed within the holistic context of Cheyenne-Arapaho culture, historical past, and contemporary life."Martha C. Knack, American Historical Review
"In Fowler''s excellent work, one begins fully to understand the trials and triumphs of the Arapahos and Cheyennes and why the process of governance has been such a long and at times tortuous road to political stability." --William D. Welge,The Chronicles of Oklahoma.
"In Fowler''s excellent work, one begins fully to understand the trials and triumphs of the Arapahos and Cheyennes and why the process of governance has been such a long and at times tortuous road to political stability."William D. Welge,The Chronicles of Oklahoma
"In Fowler''s excellent work, one begins fully to understand the trials and triumphs of the Arapahos and Cheyennes and why the process of governance has been such a long and at times tortuous road to political stability."William D. Welge, The Chronicles of Oklahoma
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Loretta Fowler offers a new perspective on Native American politics by examining how power on multiple levels infuses the everyday lives and consciousness of the Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples of Oklahoma.Cheyennes and Arapahos today energetically pursue a variety of commercial enterprises, including gaming and developing retail businesses, and they operate a multitude of social programs. Such revitalisation and economic mobilisation, however, have not unambiguously produced greater tribal sovereignty. Tribal members challenge and often work vigorously to undermine their tribal government's efforts to strengthen the tribe as an independent political, economic, and cultural entity; at the same time, political consensus and tribal unity are continually recognised and promoted in powwows and dances. Why is there conflict in one sphere of Cheyenne-Arapaho politics and co-operation in the other?The key to the dynamics of current community life, Fowler contends, is found in the complicated relationship between the coloniser and the colonised that emerges in Fourth World or postcolonial settings. For over a century the lives of Cheyennes and Arapahos have been affected simultaneously by forces of resistance and domination. These circumstances are reflected in their constructions of history. Cheyennes and Arapahos accommodate an ideology that buttresses social forms of domination and helps mould experiences and perceptions. They also selectively recognise and resist such domination. Drawing upon a decade of fieldwork and archival research, Tribal Sovereignty and the Historical Imagination provides an insightful and provocative analysis of how Cheyenne and Arapaho constructions of history influence tribal politics today.Loretta Fowler is a professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of Arapahoe Politics, 1851-1978: Symbols in Crises of Authority (Nebraska 1982) and Shared Symbols, Contested Meanings: Gros Ventre Culture and History, 1778-1984.
Main Description
Loretta Fowler offers a new perspective on Native American politics by examining how power on multiple levels infuses the everyday lives and consciousness of the Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples of Oklahoma. Cheyennes and Arapahos today energetically pursue a variety of commercial enterprises, including gaming and developing retail businesses, and they operate a multitude of social programs. Such revitalization and economic mobilization, however, have not unambiguously produced greater tribal sovereignty. Tribal members challenge and often work vigorously to undermine their tribal government's efforts to strengthen the tribe as an independent political, economic, and cultural entity; at the same time, political consensus and tribal unity are continually recognized and promoted in powwows and dances. Why is there conflict in one sphere of Cheyenne-Arapaho politics and cooperation in the other? The key to the dynamics of current community life, Fowler contends, is found in the complicated relationship between the colonizer and the colonized that emerges in Fourth World or postcolonial settings. For over a century the lives of Cheyennes and Arapahos have been affected simultaneously by forces of resistance and domination. These circumstances are reflected in their constructions of history. Cheyennes and Arapahos accommodate an ideology that buttresses social forms of domination and helps mold experiences and perceptions. They also selectively recognize and resist such domination. Drawing upon a decade of fieldwork and archival research,Tribal Sovereignty and the Historical Imaginationprovides an insightful and provocative analysis of how Cheyenne and Arapaho constructions of history influence tribal politics today.
Main Description
Loretta Fowler offers a new perspective on Native American politics by examining how power on multiple levels infuses the everyday lives and consciousness of the Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples of Oklahoma. Cheyennes and Arapahos today energetically pursue a variety of commercial enterprises, including gaming and developing retail businesses, and they operate a multitude of social programs. Such revitalization and economic mobilization, however, have not unambiguously produced greater tribal sovereignty. Tribal members challenge and often work vigorously to undermine their tribal government's efforts to strengthen the tribe as an independent political, economic, and cultural entity; at the same time, political consensus and tribal unity are continually recognized and promoted in powwows and dances. Why is there conflict in one sphere of Cheyenne-Arapaho politics and cooperation in the other? The key to the dynamics of current community life, Fowler contends, is found in the complicated relationship between the colonizer and the colonized that emerges in Fourth World or postcolonial settings. For over a century the lives of Cheyennes and Arapahos have been affected simultaneously by forces of resistance and domination. These circumstances are reflected in their constructions of history. Cheyennes and Arapahos accommodate an ideology that buttresses social forms of domination and helps mold experiences and perceptions. They also selectively recognize and resist such domination. Drawing upon a decade of fieldwork and archival research, Tribal Sovereignty and the Historical Imagination provides an insightful and provocative analysis of how Cheyenne and Arapaho constructions of history influence tribal politics today.
Table of Contents
List of Plates
List of Figures, Maps, and Tables
Preface
Introduction
Abbreviations
Historical Transformations
"To Be Friendly with Everybody": Community and Authority, 1869-1902p. 3
"They Are Trying to Make Us Stingy": The Land Sale Era, 1903-27p. 48
Toward a New Deal: Transformations in Community and Government, 1928-76p. 92
The Self-Determination Act Era, 1977-99
"A Reason to Fail": Dominance Disguisedp. 147
For the People: The Business Committee Incumbents and Newcomersp. 184
"A Line Has Been Drawn": Dissidents and Radicalsp. 220
Coming around the Drum: Politics in Ritual Contextp. 252
"Looking for High-Up Places": Hegemony, Consciousness, and Historical Experiencep. 276
Notesp. 291
Works Citedp. 333
Indexp. 345
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